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Major improvements are coming to parts of East Livingston Avenue

The city is getting $12 million in federal money to improve East Livingston Avenue.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The city of Columbus is getting millions of dollars to help bring safety improvements to a section of East Livingston Avenue.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the city $12 million to help repair what residents call a dangerous stretch of East Livingston Ave. The money will help design and construct changes to make it safer to walk, bike and drive along the road.

The area that will see safety improvements stretches from 18th Street to Nelson Road. 

Sisters Malaya and Zariah Martin told 10TV that they ride their bikes daily, but have to take extra precautions when riding along East Livingston Avenue.

"There's cars that drive really fast, there's always accidents,” said Malaya. "I don't think we've gone like a month without an accident on one of the roads."

The two are in the after-school program offered at the Rickenbacker Woods Foundation and Learning Center. 

Michael Aaron, the President and Executive Director of the program, said he's been advocating for safer streets for several years now. 

"People are just driving really crazy and really fast,” said Aaron.  

He said the money coming in from the federal government is going to help make the area safer for the youth.  

The sisters said they’ll feel much better once the project is completed.  

"Me feeling safer will make my bike riding experience more enjoyable,” said Zariah.  

The city expects this project to be completed by 2028. 

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